They are said to date back to the 16th century, when France was at war with Italy. After the war ended, the Renaissance architectural style made its way to France. The French adopted the Renaissance features which focused greatly on symmetry and proportion and incorporated this form and pattern on their doors. Since this was before the invention of electricity, when society depended greatly on natural light, the French found out that a window-like door will provide a perfect sense of regularity, symmetry and most of all illumination. The French have managed to turn this practical solution into a feature that also provided elegance and beauty, thus adding to the aesthetics of the house.
History tells us that the original French doors were made from wood and wrought iron decorations. Individual glass panes were embedded into the structure, which enabled light to pass through.
Nowadays, French doors are made from a variety of materials, ranging from wood, aluminium or PVC. The material, however, is less important, and it certainly does not lessen the fact that these doors are stylish while maintaining their practical status.
From a layout design perspective, you can use French doors to connect different areas for an increased sense of space: the kitchen with the living room or the master bedroom with the outside landscape.
Whatever the reason you’re considering French doors, here’s what you should take into consideration before making a decision:
Due to their architecture, French doors are not so great for security and intimacy. Therefore, they do not make great front doors and are rather used inside or facing the backyard.
French doors represent a wonderful addition the the house, changing the look of a whole room by simply providing light and enhancing the space.
Before deciding to install a French door, you should be wary of the fact that they are made mostly from glass. But this does not mean that the structure is not also prone to degradation. If not maintained and taken care of properly, your asset can easily become a burden, and your investment could turn out to be a waste of money.
When you think of a French door, it’s only natural to think about light and space. Therefore, you may assume that a small house may not be the most suitable place to install such a feature.
There are two options when it comes to small houses. A wisely chosen French door could actually be your salvation. French doors are often found in the entryway between the dining room and the kitchen, because it allows light to flow between spaces. Their popularity comes from their ability to provide intimacy while allowing a visual connection between the two spaces. Curtains or blinds are sometimes installed, for an added privacy bonus. The most popular choice are divided-glass-panes designs, since they are most practical.
Another aspect to take into consideration, when it comes to small spaces, is how the doors open and close. Most French doors come in pairs that create a large entryway when opened together. They can be double-door, or two doors pre-hung on one doorjamb, pre-hung as a single door or even a double-door unit. They can be customized to work as a bi-fold door, bypass door or pocket door. Take a good look at your space. Do you have enough so that opening accordion-like French doors won’t constitute a problem? Consult with a specialist, since a French door is a serious addition to your home, and you wouldn’t want to invest in something that will not add value to the estate.
Exterior French doors are a great way of creating a visual connection with the outside lanscape, keeping your house secure while giving it a very open feel. These can be double-purposed, serving as a way out into an inviting backyard while also giving the room plenty of light and a dash of sophistication and class.
Since they don’t make good entry doors, due to safety issues, they are best suited for patio doors. If you’re considering this option, look for French patio doors with a three-point locking system, which will lock the door to the head jamb and the sill, instead of just locking the doors to each other. Being connected to the outside, make sure the door is hung plumb inside the door frame, so that it stays open when desired and closed tightly when needed.
Design options for exterior French doors include a variety of choices. From window types, glass types, material of the door, size or even color, they can all either add up to the space, or decrease its value. There are a myriad of design options available and customization is even advisable. Depending on your light and privacy needs, French doors are available in half-view and three-quarter view option, film glass, colored glass and so on. Consider consulting with a specialist before taking the leap, as this will help you make the right choice in terms of functionality and style.
Installing a French door can add architectural appeal and functionality to almost any space, no matter how generous or small, since they are extremely versatile, and, at the same time, elegant and classy. While the upfront costs are by no means negligible, in the end they are a great investment and their appeal and ROI is unmatched.
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